(Updated) Former IGP, Gambo Jimeta, is dead; Buhari mourns


Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Gambo Jimeta is dead.

This is the second time in two years that he had been reported dead.

On June 20, 2018, the media was awash with the report that the former Super cop had passed on.

A close friend of the family was quoted then to have announced his death but his daughter, who was simply described as a public servant, was to later debunk the report.

This time round, the Presidency  has confirmed in a statement that the forner IGP had died.

President Muhammadu Buhari, according to the  statement, expressed sadness over the death of Jimeta, a one-time Inspector General of Police, whose transition was announced Thursday evening.

Garba ShehuSenior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) issued the statement Thursday night l,  containing President Buhari’s condolence message.

Shehu said  while conveying the condolences of his family and that of the government and people of Nigeria, the President described the late crack police detective as “a man of great courage, intellect and a true Nigerian Statesman,” adding that “Today, Nigeria lost a great son. He lived for the nation and served with all his strength.”

“May Allah bless his soul and give fortitude to the bereaved family, the government and people of Adamawa State to bear this irreparable loss,” President Buhari prayed.

The deceased, according to Wikipedia, was appointed in 1986 to succeed Etim Inyang and was succeeded by Aliyu Attah in 1990.

Gambo as he was fondly called went to Jimeta Elementary School, 1947-49 and Yola Middle School, 1950-55 for his early education.

He thereafter went to Bauchi Provincial Secondary school, 1956-58, Government College, Keffi, 1958-59, before attending Nigeria Police College, Kaduna in 1959 and Police College, Ikeja, also the same year.

He also went to Detective Training School, Wakefield, UK, 1962, Bramhill Police College, UK, 1963, International Police Academy, Washington DC, USA, 1980 and National Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt, Wolfson College.

After leaving the police college, Gambo began his career as a Cadet sub-Inspector.

In 1963, he was promoted Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). He became a DSP in 1967 and full superintendent in 1969.

In 1972, he was promoted Chief Superintendent of Police 1972 and assistant Commissioner of Police in 1974.

He became Commissioner of Police in 1977 and served in Lagos, where he cut national fame, as a crack police officer, dealing with robberies in the state.

In 1982, he was promoted AIG and transferred to Force Criminal Investigation Division, Alagbon Close, Lagos.

He became a DIG in 1984 and Inspector General of Police in 1986.



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